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Liverpool 3-2 Nottingham Forest: Salah settles five-goal thriller at Anfield

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 22 Apr 2023


Mohamed Salah scored the winner as Liverpool edged out Nottingham Forest 3-2 in a five-goal Premier League thriller at Anfield on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were pegged back twice as former Red Neco Williams and Morgan Gibbs-White cancelled out goals from Diogo Jota.

But Salah’s 183rd Liverpool goal – moving him level with Robbie Fowler – sealed the points 20 minutes from time.

The Reds close the gap on fourth-placed Newcastle United to six points, having played one game more, while ensuring their opponents remain inside the relegation zone.

Keylor Navas came to Forest’s rescue in the 26th minute with a tremendous reflex save to deny Virgil van Dijk’s close-range header, while Williams thwarted Cody Gakpo on the line.

But the hosts broke through within two minutes of the restart. Forest failed to clear a corner and Fabinho’s header back into the danger zone was flicked home by Jota.

Forest responded well and levelled four minutes later following a sweeping move that saw Gibbs-White find Williams, whose first-time shot deflected in via Andrew Robertson.

However, Robertson turned provider as Liverpool regained the advantage within four minutes, Jota taking advantage of sloppy defending to control his free-kick before drilling a volley past Navas.

The former Real Madrid goalkeeper did brilliantly to deny Jota a hat-trick before Forest levelled again, Gibbs-White’s volley deflecting off Trent Alexander-Arnold and into the bottom corner.

Salah edged the hosts back in front 20 minutes from time, though, as he reacted quickest to steer home Alexander-Arnold’s free-kick.

Substitute Brennan Johnson almost rescued a point when he hit the crossbar, as the Reds held out for victory.

What does it mean? Forest’s slump continues

Liverpool continued their dominance over Forest, against whom they are now unbeaten in 24 league meetings at Anfield.

Steve Cooper’s side are now winless in 11 matches, their longest such streak in the Premier League since going 19 without success between September 1998 and January 1999.

Salah matches Fowler

Scoring for the sixth successive game at Anfield, Salah settled a thoroughly entertaining encounter at Anfield. The Egypt international reached another milestone as he moved joint-sixth with Robbie Fowler on Liverpool’s all-time goalscorers list with his 183rd goal.

Only Ian Rush (346), Roger Hunt (285), Gordon Hodgson (241), Billy Liddell (228) and Steven Gerrard (186) have found the net more times for the Reds.

Double-double for Jota

After scoring a brace in the 6-1 rout of Leeds United last time out, Jota repeated the feat with a pair of well-taken goals and, but for a tremendous save by Navas, he would have been celebrating a hat-trick.

Nevertheless, the Portugal international also continued his impressive form against Forest, having now netted five times in four such appearances.

What’s next?

Both sides are back in action on Wednesday. Liverpool look to build on their momentum away at West Ham, while Forest desperately seek to stop the rot at home to Brighton and Hove Albion.


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